Knicks suing Raptors, allege former employee secretly brought information to Toronto


The Knicks have filed a lawsuit against the Raptors and multiple members of their organization, accusing a former employee of illegally taking “thousands” of files from his time with the Knicks to his new job in Toronto.

The former employee, assistant video coordinator Ikechukwu Azotam, illegally took with him a prep book for the 2022-23 season and video scouting.

“The New York Knicks have sued the Toronto Raptors and several members of their organization, including a former Knicks employee, after the former employee illegally took thousands of proprietary files with him to his new position with the Toronto Raptors,” the team said in a statement Monday. “These files include confidential information such as play frequency reports, a prep book for the 2022-23 season, video scouting files and materials and more. Given the clear violation of our employment agreement, criminal and civil law, we were left no choice but to take this action”

According to SNY’s Ian Begley, Azotam shared the material and information with members of the Ra[tors, including head coach Darko Rajakovic.
Per Begley, the Knicks contacted the Raptors and the NBA before filing the suit.

Azotam joined the Knicks in 2020 before joining the Raptors earlier this offseason.

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